Landscapes

Seed For Yourself: A Visit to the Grass Seed Capital of the World

Seed For Yourself: A Visit to the Grass Seed Capital of the World

I knew very little about grass seed before my visit last week to NexGen Turf Research. I’ve recently laid sod and tried my best to keep it alive and green but unfortunately it has decided not to cooperate and has gone spotty and brown in some areas. After receiving the […]

Need A Weekend Project? Try Installing Landscape Lighting!

Need A Weekend Project? Try Installing Landscape Lighting!

It’s sad, but true — the days are quickly growing shorter. In mere weeks, we’ll fall back during Daylight Saving Time and lose a few hours of evening light. Now is a great time to make your home cozier and more welcoming, especially with cold weather and the holidays around […]

DuPont WeedFree Landscape Fabric is Going in the Sandbox

DuPont WeedFree Landscape Fabric is Going in the Sandbox

We got tipped to a new product from DuPont that promises to eliminate the problem of weeds in our garden. Their WeedFree Premium landscape fabric supposedly provides a strong defense against weeds and helps promote healthy plants and shrubs. It’s made of spun-bonded polypropylene which creates a breathable barrier that […]

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

Keep Your Grass Green During A Heat Wave

I’m about to make a strong statement: I hate summer. Don’t get me wrong – I love spending time outside, swimming, dining al fresco, going to the lake. But Kansas City (and much of the country) is in the middle of a loooong heat wave, and I’m fed up. If […]

A Day of Chainsaws, Trimmers and Mowers with Husqvarna

A Day of Chainsaws, Trimmers and Mowers with Husqvarna

Husqvarna has been on my radar since grade school. Not the outdoor power equipment, but the motorcross bikes. Growing up in the Southwest, we all rode bikes or three-wheelers in the desert and the bike of choice was typically a Honda or Suzuki, but I always gravitated to the brand […]

Chainsaws and Flooring: C&H Heads to NC for Husqvarna and Shaw Floors Events

Chainsaws and Flooring: C&H Heads to NC for Husqvarna and Shaw Floors Events

This week we’re covering two great events that we didn’t want to miss this week. I’m spending two days at the Husqvarna Research and Development facility in Charlotte, NC, learning about their latest products and testing chainsaws, trimmers, blowers and mowers. Katy is just down the road in Asheville, NC […]

Keep Your Cool Without A/C

Keep Your Cool Without A/C

After enduring five stifling, A/C-free days earlier this month, I have a newfound respect for those who choose to brave the summer months without A/C. It can certainly be done, however, especially if you have a few fans, some heavy-duty window coverings and a little ingenuity. I found the inspiration […]

Install Deer Fencing To Protect Your Landscaping

Install Deer Fencing To Protect Your Landscaping

There are few things more frustrating than your beautiful, carefully planned and tended landscaping being destroyed by an inquisitive visitor of the animal variety. If you find yourself in this situation, we suggest installing some protective fencing to help keep animals out. Take deer fencing, for example. It comes in […]

John Deere Unites Landscaping Artists In Virtual Lawnscape Community

John Deere Unites Landscaping Artists In Virtual Lawnscape Community

Are you THAT type of landscaper? You know … the one who’s not just satisfied with a tidy, mowed yard, but who takes landscaping to the next level? With a new feature on John Deere’s Facebook page, you now have a community to call home! The recently launched Lawnscaping page […]

Tame Your Landscaping With Proper Pruning Techniques

Tame Your Landscaping With Proper Pruning Techniques

Now that your home’s landscaping is likely receiving adequate doses of sunlight and water, you may soon find yourself with some overgrown plants on your hands. And if you prefer that your yard not resemble a jungle, we’ve compiled a few pruning tips to help you properly trim and shape […]

Natural Born Weed Killers

Natural Born Weed Killers

It’s the season to start thinking about your lawn and getting it back into shape for summer. It’s possible that weeds have taken root and infiltrated much of your yard. If you’re not high on chemicals and toxic weed killers there are a few natural weed killer remedies that you […]

John Deere 1026R Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1026R Sub-Compact Tractor Review

Our tour of the John Deere manufacturing facility in Augusta, GA was amazing and testing the latest tractors and riding mowers was definitely the highlight. Our photos and videos from the event have been getting a lot of attention so we wanted to share a bit more detail regarding some […]

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Tractor Review

We’ve had a ton of interest in our John Deere tractor articles so we thought we should provide even more detail on their newest utility tractors. We’ll start with the base model from their new 1-series the 1023E sub-compact tractor. Features The 1023E is built for the homeowner but that […]

New John Deere Utility Tractors

New John Deere Utility Tractors

The highlight of our John Deere factory tour was the introduction of a new lineup of sub-compact utility tractors that will replace their current 2305 model. The new series 1 tractors include the 1023E and 1026R. Functionality and versatility are the same on both tractors but the 1026R has more […]

Turn Up The Heat With A DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Turn Up The Heat With A DIY Backyard Fire Pit

Summer is far from over. But as the sun sets a little earlier each day, bonfires are starting to take center stage on the schedule. You don’t need to head for the beach or campground to host a bonfire. Build a fire pit in your backyard for a convenient place […]

Solve Your Landscaping Woes With Goats

Solve Your Landscaping Woes With Goats

During the dog days of summer, one of the last things you want to do on a regular basis is tend to your lawn. Yet if your yard is truly out of control, here’s an idea from the Wall Street Journal about how to keep those unruly grasses and weeds […]

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

Troubleshooting Tree Limbs

A great weekend project is making sure your home is clear of overgrown tree limbs. It may not be a pressing issue but cutting back these limbs can prevent issues down the road such as the branches and limbs breaking through a window during a storm or even crashing down […]

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

4 Ways to Inspire Neighbor Envy

You know you want it. That top spot on the block, to be the object of your neighbor’s envy, to have cars drive slowly by and admire your pad. OK, maybe that drive by thing would be a little freaky, but you can’t deny it’s nice to get admiring glances. […]

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Three Super Fancy Patios that Stand Out

Make your cookie cutter suburban house stand out from the crowd with a unique patio surface. Don’t worry if the neighbor goes with paving stone or even flagstone. You can one up the guy with one of these fancy finishes. 1) Exposed Aggregate What’s better than concrete and completely one […]

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

Full Frontal: Making the Most out of Your Front Yard

The American front yard is often regarded as useless space. It serves as a formal entry for guests and, when perfectly manicured, it presents an idyllic image of family life to the public at large. Aside from visual impressions, the front yard tends to remain static, undisturbed by the activities […]

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

Are Paving Stones As Good As the Real Thing?

So your patio or driveway needs a face lift and you have no patience (or cash) for some of the more extensive patio surfaces. Concrete is pricey, flagstone and slate are fussy and interlock is not your style. What can you do that’s fast and easy, not to mention won’t […]